- the meaning word by word
- the meaning of the whole sentence
- the origin
of “Namo Tassa Bhagavato Arahato Samma Sambuddhasa”?
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Good householder: To extend a little the answer by good householder Chris.
Bhagavato: The Liberal, The (real) Giver, The Liberated One
Arahato: Perfect One, Complete One
Sammāsambuddho: The rightly Self-Awakened One
Meaning: It's an expression of homage and deep gratitude as well great respect (all of what is required to be able to receive his gift, the Fianna)
Origin: such, if not taken just as verbalisation. for "ritual/convention of paying respect", arises at the stage of of Stream Enter ("real Buddhist") where doubts in regard of the unexcelled Sublimity of the Sublime Buddha decays: eh. Noble Sangha.
Usually cited before teaching or receiving Dhamma and at any ceremony at the beginning.
One historical use:
...Then King Pasenadi Kosala, rising from his seat and arranging his upper robe over one shoulder, paid homage in the direction of the Blessed One with his hands palm-to-palm in front of his heart, and exclaimed three times:
Homage to the Blessed One, worthy & rightly self-awakened! Homage to the Blessed One, worthy & rightly self-awakened! Homage to the Blessed One, worthy & rightly self-awakened!